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Surge in Labour support reduces margin

The University of Birmingham from its West Gate entrance
The University of Birmingham from its West Gate entrance • Photograph: James Phillips

A surge in Labour support has caused the gap between the Greens and the Conservatives to reduce to 3%.

The Labour Party, whose support has been inconsistent throughout our poll, doubled this week, increasing from 11% to 22%, regaining the level it held two weeks ago.

Meanwhile the Green Party continue to lead at 36%, their second-lowest level of support throughout the poll. This has also meant that the Conservatives have been able to creep closer towards the first-place position, now holding 33% of the vote; the gap between the two parties is now 3%, one percent less than last week.

The Liberal Democrats continue to show some support, with 6% of the poll, and UKIP gained two votes and 3% of the vote this week. No voters said they would vote for another party, did not know who they would vote or that they wouldn’t votes.

Parliament dissolves in eight days, and this will be the point where campaigning becomes increasingly more prevalent. Additionally, the first of the live TV sessions begins this week, with Miliband and Cameron taking part in separate question and answer sessions on Sky and Channel 4 on Thursday.

A total of 67 students participated in our poll this week; this is probably due to our reduction in the poll’s promotion this week. We’d really encourage you to take part in the poll when it opens on Monday, even if it is just a little bit of fun! If you’ve got an idea about who you plan on voting for, or even if you don’t, make sure you vote for that choice between 00:00 on Monday and 23:59 on Friday!

The latest issue of Redbrick includes a double-page feature covering the General Election; make sure to check it out.

Redbrick is hoping to undertake a larger study of students on campus to find out who they plan on voting for, if they are registered, and what issues they are particularly concerned about. Check back here over the coming few weeks to see our results of this.

(Note: This poll is neither representative nor accurate. Rather, it is more of an initiative to get the general feeling of students on campus, and to try to engage more students in politics in the run-up to the General Election. Therefore, take the results with a pinch of salt).

Read more in General Election 2015